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St Ives Crowned the Best Seaside Town in the UK

St Ives has been named the “best seaside town” by the Express, with readers stating it is the “jewel in Cornwall's crown” due to its vibrant art galleries and spectacular sights.  Anyone wishing to experience the Cornish coastal charm of St Ives should spend the day at one of the town’s beaches as each has its own distinct atmosphere. 

Porthmeor Beach is the town’s most popular beach which tends to be best for surfing, swimming and other water activities. 

Porthminster Beach, however, tends to be better suited for families and photographers as it has unbeatable views of both St Ives Harbour and Godrvery Lighthouse while having plenty of facilities nearby, including the popular Porthminster Beach Café which is known for its fish and chips. 

There is also Porthgwidden Beach, which is much smaller and sheltered than the other beaches which makes it perfect for sunbathing and having a quieter day out. 

One of the most unique types of art forms in St Ives is stone balancing, and it is worth visiting Lambeth Walk Beach when the tide is low you will see many people creating complex gravity-defying artwork. 

St Ives's artistic community dates back to the Victorian era which makes the Tate Gallery worth a visit as it is the local hub for artists.

It is also known for its breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from heather-covered cliffs and is surrounded by golden beaches with blue clear waters. 

However, the town is just as equally beautiful as its surrounding scenery with narrow cobbled streets, stone-bricked fisherman cottages and brightly coloured boats in the harbour which makes it look like the cover of a postcard. 

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